COORDINATED STATE ACTION IN METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT

SOME EXAMPLES OF COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING IN RHODE ISLAND ARE DESCRIBED. IN ATTEMPTING TO DEVELOP A LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM FOR THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, THE STATEWIDE PLANNING PROGRAM RELIED HEAVILY ON THE WORK OF LOCAL PLANNING AGENCIES AND OTHER STATE AGENCIES. AS AN INITIAL STEP IN DEVELOPING A LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM, THE SITUATION PLANS FOR EACH COMMUNITY IN THE STATE WERE EXAMINED BY THE STATE-WIDE PLANNING PROGRAM AND EVERY HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL WAS CATALOGUED. THE LAND USE PLANS FOR EACH COMMUNITY WERE QUANTIFIED. WHERE THE LAND USE PLANS SHOWED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT A CERTAIN DENSITY, THE STATE WIDE PLANNING PROGRAM CALCULATED THE POPULATION OF THE AREA. FINALLY, USING COMPUTERIZED TECHNIQUES WHICH HAVE ACCEPTED ACCURACY LEVELS, FUTURE LAND USE PLANS, NOW QUANTIFIED IN TERMS OF PEOPLE AND JOBS, WERE ANALYZED IN TERMS OF THEIR TRIP MAKING POTENTIAL. THE LOCAL CIRCULATION PLANS ARE TESTED TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT THE SOLUTIONS SATISFY THE FUTURE TRAFFIC VOLUMES. A PROJECT IS DESCRIBED THAT INVOLVED A HIGH DEGREE OF COORDINATION BETWEEN THE DIVISION OF ROADS AND BRIDGES AND THE DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS AND OTHER AIRPORT INTERESTS. THE STATE OWNS AND OPERATES FIVE AIRPORTS IN RHODE ISLAND. ACCESSIBILITY STUDIES WERE MADE FOR REACHING THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL AIRPORT. A STUDY OF THE ORIGIN AND DESTINATION OF THE AIRPORT USERS AND THEIR TIMES OF ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT INDICATED THAT HIGHWAY FACILITIES FOR THE PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE AND AIRPORT LIMOUSINE SERVICE WOULD DO THE BEST JOB. A DIRECT EXPRESSWAY SPUR WAS BUILT FROM INTERSTATE 95 TO THE AIRPORT TERMINAL AND PARKING FACILITIES. THREE DIFFERENT STATE AGENCIES COOPERATED WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO CREATE WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE NORTH CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL AIRPARK, WHERE INDUSTRY NOT ONLY WILL BE LOCATED NEAR AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY WITH ACCESS TO THE STATE'S ENTIRE FREEWAY NETWORK, BUT WOULD BE DIRECTLY CONNECTED BY TAXIWAYS WITH A STATE AIRPORT. COORDINATION BETWEEN STATE AGENCIES WAS ALSO NECESSARY IN DEVELOPING THE BIG RIVER RESERVOIR, A MAJOR WATER SUPPLY SOURCE FOR THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF PROVIDENCE. COORDINATED PLANS FOR BALANCED TRANSPORTATION, PARKING, AND GENERAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT ARE BEING MADE.

  • Authors:
    • Marcello, A A
  • Publication Date: 1967-10

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  • Accession Number: 00239197
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: pp 213-221
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1994 12:00AM